Gathering for Action

TomKat Ranch brings people together for meaningful conversations that catalyze the transition to a regenerative agriculture system. We welcome people to learn, share, and act together by hosting convenings, meetings, field walks, and internships. We share our story and findings through workshops, classes, publications, and social media.

Photo Credit: William Milliot

“We use TomKat Ranch as a catalyst for transforming how we care for the land and each other. Regenerating communities goes hand in hand with regenerating and restoring healthy land.”

Wendy Millet
Ranch Director

Our Programs

Healthy Soils and Resilient Ranches

TomKat Ranch hosts farmers, ranchers, land managers, and scientists working on research and practices to improve the ecologic and economic resilience of working lands.

Day at the Ranch

Throughout the year, we gather people and partners from all walks of life together for meaningful conversations about regenerative ranching, our fork to farm efforts, and everything in between. Because we don’t know where the next great idea will originate, we strive to include a diversity of perspectives and are enthusiastic supporters of the theory of emergence.

Women In Ranching

Co-hosted with Paicines Ranch, these workshops are a chance for women working in rangeland management, many of whom live in remote and isolated environments, to connect, share, and learn together. Participants are encouraged to think big and work in collaboration with each other as they look to tackle the challenges of ranching in today’s world.

Healthy School Food

California schools serve hundreds of millions of meals each year and 60% of students are eligible for free and reduced school meals. We support conversations and programs that aim to bring nutritious and regenerative food to California’s kids.

Gallop Adventures

A classroom like no other, our Gallop Adventures provide instruction in communications, thinking patterns, and teamwork through guided interactions with horses. Because horses have the capacity to reflect our strengths, their insights can inspire and restore a sense of purpose and inner peace. Participants explore group dynamics, communication patterns and styles, boundaries and body language, and working as a “herd” to collaborate with others.

Artists for Agriculture

As Wendell Berry said, “There is an inescapable kinship between farming and art, for farming depends as much on character, devotion, imagination, and the sense of structure, as on knowledge.” We invite artists to TomKat Ranch to interpret agriculture through their art and expand our understanding of what is, what could be, and what we must do to improve, as Mr. Berry puts it, our “practical art.”

Zero Waste Program

TomKat Ranch strives to recycle or compost as much of our waste as possible. In 2015, we engaged a zero waste consultant to help us triple our landfill diversion rate. We continue to look for ways to improve how we handle waste and how we can reduce, re-use and re-purpose the resources of the planet through our work.

Internships and Apprenticeships

The TomKat Ranch internship and apprenticeship is a paid educational opportunity that provides broad exposure and experience for individuals interested in agriculture and food systems. It is our hope to share TomKat Ranch’s insights with the next generation of agriculture professionals.

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News and Resources

  • Opinion
    10/14/2021
    October 2021 Prescribed Burn
    As you may know, TomKat Ranch has been working closely with...
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  • News
    10/01/2021
    Swath Grazing Harding Grass
    Swath grazing is a practice where forage is cut into a...
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  • News,Resource
    09/16/2021
    SCIENCE AT TOMKAT RANCH Sept. 2021
    Last Updated: Sept 13, 2021 by Chelsea Carey, Point Blue Conservation...
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  • Article
    08/31/2021
    Travel Journal of Regenerative Agriculture in the North...
    Over the past month, I got the chance to visit some...
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  • Regen Ranching Data Round Up
    News,Resource
    08/31/2021
    The Regen Ranching Data Round Up
    One particular area we have been exploring lately is data interoperability—the...
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  • News
    08/31/2021
    Growing the Table - Update on the Numbers
    The pandemic has highlighted long-standing inequities in our economic, social, and...
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  • Defending Beef
    Opinion,Resource
    08/31/2021
    Defending Beef - Revised and Expanded Edition
    Nicolette Hahn Niman’s first edition of Defending Beef, the Ecological and...
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  • News
    07/28/2021
    Upcoming Workshop with Nicole Masters at TomKat Ranch
    Over the last couple of years, we at TomKat Ranch have...
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  • Opinion,Resource
    07/28/2021
    What We’re Reading: Regenerating soil, regenerating soul: an...
    Many people ask our team at TomKat Ranch, “If regenerative agriculture...
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  • Emergency lights
    Resource
    07/28/2021
    Helpful Resources in Case of an Emergency
    Extreme weather conditions can bring potential threats to life and property....
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  • TomKat Ranch Interns and Apprentices
    News
    07/20/2021
    Regenerative Ranching Apprenticeship - Join Our Team!
    Work with TomKat Ranch Land & Livestock Team as an apprentice...
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  • Article,Study
    06/18/2021
    Bale Grazing - Stewardship During Drought to Grow...
    When fresh grass is not available in the winter across much...
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  • Article,Resource
    06/18/2021
    Joining the Savory EOV Program and Moving Towards...
    We recently completed the Savory Institute’s onboarding process for the Ecological...
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  • News
    06/18/2021
    Artist Day at the Ranch - “Get Your...
    Welcoming people to TomKat Ranch so they can experience ranch life...
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  • News,Opinion
    06/17/2021
    Parting is Such Sweet... Oh, Grasshopper Sparrow! A...
    Mel Preston, ornithologist and rangeland field ecologist with Point Blue Conservation...
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  • Opinion
    04/30/2021
    The Serengeti Symphony by Kat Taylor
    The magic of regenerative agriculture comes from how it works harmoniously...
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  • News,Resource
    04/30/2021
    Goats to the Rescue - Goatapelli at TomKat...
    The research, from San Jose State University’s Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center, found...
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  • Article,Resource
    04/30/2021
    ‘No-Dig’ Gardening at TomKat Ranch
    Typically, landscaping at the ranch focuses on the care of flowers,...
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  • Lani Malmberg - Goatapelli
    Article
    04/30/2021
    An Interview with Goatapelli Foundation’s Lani Malmberg
    Fire prevention has risen in importance over the past few years....
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  • Article,Resource
    04/30/2021
    Notes from the Field: Managing Rangelands for Secondary...
    As spring unfolds at TomKat and on ranches across California, we...
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  • Image of capital flow
    Resource,Study
    03/29/2021
    Transformative Investment in Climate-Smart Agriculture: Introduction and Deep...
    Increased attention and investment in agriculture is necessary and urgent....
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  • Fertility Flat Pasture before and after.
    Article,Resource
    03/29/2021
    Digging Deeper On Pasture Soils Trial: A Question...
    We did a Q & A session with Ranch Manager Mark...
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  • Bar-C Founders
    Article
    03/26/2021
    Bar-C, the Why and How: A Focus On...
    At the peak of its local meat supply industry, California once...
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  • Catherine Perry at KPDO
    Article
    03/26/2021
    Prescribed Burns at TomKat Ranch - Interview with...
    We had a chance to sit down with Cathrine Perry, manager...
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  • Opinion
    02/26/2021
    February Newsletter Introduction by Wendy Millet - Policy...
    It is an exciting time for those of us who understand...
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  • News
    02/26/2021
    Update: Soil Health Trials at TomKat Ranch
    For some ranchers, winter is a time to hunker down, but...
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  • Article
    02/26/2021
    Community in the Time of Covid with Puente...
    Since the middle of January, I have had the opportunity to...
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  • News,Resource
    02/26/2021
    Virtual Sunday Brunch with Growing Table and the...
    It was inspiring to join Kat Taylor and the team from...
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  • News
    02/25/2021
    Meet Our 2021 Apprentices - Dillon, Jessica, and...
    In an effort to advance the careers of aspiring regenerative agriculture...
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  • Opinion
    02/02/2021
    Kat Taylor - Gov Newsom’s Executive Order
    As many readers may have already heard, Governor Gavin Newsom recently...
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  • Article
    02/02/2021
    We Help Sacramento’s Vulnerable Communities Get 5-Star Meals
    When COVID-19 hit, TomKat Ranch shifted our LeftCoast Grassfed beef sales...
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  • Resource
    02/02/2021
    Publication - UC Berkeley, Center of Law, Energy,...
    Redefining Value and Risk in Agriculture: Policy and Investment Solution to...
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  • Article,Resource
    02/02/2021
    Article - Greener Farming Methods Don’t Compromise Yields
    In the most comprehensive study to date, researchers found that greener...
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  • News
    02/02/2021
    Report - Progress At The California Healthy Soils...
    In 2017, California launched its ambitious Healthy Soils Program (HSP) to...
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  • Nature4Climate Website
    News
    02/02/2021
    New Website - Nature4Climate
    A beautiful new website called Nature4Climate.
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  • Opinion
    12/18/2020
    December 2020 Newsletter Introduction - Growing Understanding
    In just a blink of geologic time, humans have created technologies...
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  • News
    12/18/2020
    Conference Recap - Climate Underground 2020 at Caney...
    Last month, members of our team had the opportunity to attend...
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  • Article
    12/18/2020
    Thoughts on Regenerative Fire Mitigation Part 2
    When thinking about a big problem like how to manage fire-prone...
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  • News,Resource
    12/18/2020
    What's Good Meat? Find out
    For the past nine months, I’ve been part of an incredible...
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  • News,Resource
    10/30/2020
    BAR-C: Breaking the Bottleneck
    As beef harvesting goes, California lacks enough USDA certified processing facilities...
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  • Article,Resource
    10/30/2020
    Groundwork - A Pilot Virtual Summer Learning Opportunity
    Earlier this year as COVID-19 grew from a concern into a...
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  • News
    10/30/2020
    Local Food Security: Coops, Veggies, and Meat
    A large part of what we do at TomKat Ranch is...
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  • Article
    10/30/2020
    Thoughts on Regenerative Fire Mitigation Part 1
    Log it, graze it, or let it burn.” It seems I...
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  • Kat Taylor Forbes Features Video
    Article
    10/27/2020
    Kat Taylor - A Forbes FEATURES Online Video
    Kat Taylor using capitalism’s toolbox to fight systemic racism, environmental destruction...
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  • News,Resource
    10/14/2020
    Rising from the ashes - Growth After Hardship...
    In the field of Positive Psychology, there is an important distinction...
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  • Study
    09/30/2020
    What We're Reading - Point Blue Issue Brief:...
    Point Blue Methane Brief and Carbon Footprint Study of White Oak...
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  • News
    09/30/2020
    Growing the Table - Shifting Demand Towards a...
    During this crisis, a number of ‘farm to family’ programs have...
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  • Stemple Creek’s Petaluma Market meat department
    Article
    09/30/2020
    Regenerative Ranching Circle NORCAL - Start of...
    Even though the regenerative ranching community in California is small and...
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  • TomKat Ranch Apprentices
    News
    09/28/2020
    Regenerative Ranching Apprenticeship - Join Our Team!
    Work with the TomKat Ranch Land & Livestock Team as an...
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  • Article,Resource
    09/17/2020
    A Regenerative Food System Can Only Be Realized...
    A Regenerative Food System Can Only Be Realized When There is...
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  • News,Resource
    09/11/2020
    CZU Lightning Complex Fire - Our Experience and...
    The swiftness and destructive power of a catastrophic wildfire is staggering.
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  • Article
    06/01/2020
    Prescribed Burning for Wildfire Prevention and Regeneration
    Prescribed burns have multiple potential benefits, including reducing catastrophic wildfire risk...
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  • News
    05/29/2020
    Breeding Birds Update by Mel Preston of Point...
    In Pescadero (and the rest of the northern hemisphere), bird nesting...
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  • Article
    05/29/2020
    15-year program to study prescribed burning and planned...
    As part of our Profiles in Land and Management series, this...
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  • Resource
    05/28/2020
    Point Blue Issue Brief 2019: Methane Emissions from...
    The purpose of this document is to provide Point Blue staff...
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  • Resource
    05/27/2020
    Fire Management and Prescribed Burns at TomKat Ranch...
    A collaboration between CalFire and TomKat Ranch. Prescribed Burns for Public...
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  • News
    05/01/2020
    Resilience & Regenerative Ag in the Time of...
    At TomKat Ranch, we have the immense privilege of operating as...
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  • News
    04/29/2020
    California Healthy Soils Initiative - Grant Applications Now...
    Calling all California farmers and ranchers! Healthy Soils Grant Program applications...
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  • News,Resource,Study
    04/28/2020
    Science at TomKat Ranch: An Update
    For many practitioners, regenerative agriculture is a hands-in-the-dirt affair.
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  • Elk Glade Ranch
    Article
    04/28/2020
    Elk Glade Ranch demonstrates myriad ways to benefit...
    Elk Glade Ranch demonstrates that there are myriad ways to benefit...
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  • News
    02/26/2020
    Goat Herd as Ecosystem Reclamation Tool - Profile...
    <  Back to All FacebookTwitterLinkedin Gathering...
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  • News
    02/26/2020
    EcoFarm 2020
    This past January, the Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) held its...
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  • Resource
    02/26/2020
    SOIL: Soil Microbe Guide and Nicole Masters’ Visit...
    Water and minerals - the yin and yang of life on...
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  • News
    02/12/2020
    2020 Regenerative Ranching Internship - Apply Now Through...
    We are accepting applications for TomKat Ranch Regenerative Ranching 2020 Summer...
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  • Article
    01/24/2020
    Using Regenerative Practices to Create Meaningful Opportunities
    As part of our Profiles in Land and Management series, this...
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  • News
    01/24/2020
    A Win for California Healthy School Food
    The recent release of California Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2020-21 budget...
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  • News
    01/24/2020
    Regenerate Conference 2019
    This past November, our team was thrilled to see Mark Biaggi...
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  • News
    01/24/2020
    Dear LeftCoast GrassFed Customers
    Dear Friends and Customers, due to a renewed focus on getting...
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  • Article
    12/17/2019
    Aspiring to Regeneration - A Thank You to...
    Aspiring to Regeneration - A Thank You to Skeptics from our...
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  • There is a growing urgency to understand and address how the food we serve in public schools impacts the personal health of students, the performance and resilience of communities, and the well-being and sustainability of our environment.
    News
    12/17/2019
    California Food for California Kids
    There is a growing urgency to understand and address how the...
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  • Study
    12/16/2019
    Adaptive Planned Grazing Reduces Fire Fuel Load -...
    Adaptive Planned Grazing Reduces Fire Fuel Load - Profiles in Land...
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  • Resource
    12/16/2019
    Monitoring The Multiple Benefits Of Regenerative Ranching
    Rangelands are an essential part of the health and integrity of...
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  • Article
    12/16/2019
    The Re-Generation: An Apprentice’s Perspective on the Promise...
    I struggled to write this piece for the newsletter. Not because...
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  • Article
    12/16/2019
    Regenerative Grass-fed Beef
    Grass-fed beef is so much more than delicious! As part of...
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  • Resource
    10/29/2019
    Profiles In Land and Management - Parker Pastures
    As part of our Profiles in Land and Management series, this...
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  • Article
    10/29/2019
    Celebrating our Coastal Fibershed
    A day of regenerative agriculture education for food and fiber.
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  • Changes in Soil Carbon at TomKat Ranch
    Article,Study
    10/13/2019
    Changes in Soil Carbon at TomKat Ranch and...
    46% of the points monitored at TomKat Ranch gained soil carbon...
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  • Article
    09/30/2019
    Where are they now? Didier Bolaños Gonzalez
    A question and answer session with our former intern Didier Bolaños...
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  • News
    09/30/2019
    Gathering of Women in Culinary
    Chefs play a vital role in our food systems. They are...
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  • Study
    09/30/2019
    What We’re Reading - Soil Wealth Report
    In July, the Croatan Institute, Delta Institute, and Organic Agriculture Revitalization...
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  • Article
    09/30/2019
    Western Landowners Alliance Gathering
    Since its beginning, TomKat Ranch has invested in creating networks and...
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  • Resource
    09/30/2019
    Profiles In Land and Management - Lowry Ranch
    As part of our Profiles in Land and Management series, this...
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  • Article
    08/28/2019
    Regenerative Ranching Day at TomKat Ranch
    Earlier in the month, TomKat Ranch held a Regenerative Ranching Day...
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  • Resource
    08/28/2019
    Profiles in Land and Management - Sieben Live...
    Profiles in Land and Management Series this month - Sieben Live...
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  • News
    08/28/2019
    Where are they now - Kimberly Chang-Haines
    A question and answer session with our former intern, Kimberly Chang-Haines
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  • News
    07/30/2019
    Introducing Our 2019 Interns
    Ever since we launched the TomKat Summer Internship Program in 2014,...
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  • News
    07/30/2019
    Where Are They Now - Leyla Curry
    A question and answer session with our former intern, Leyla Curry
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  • Article
    07/30/2019
    Profiles in Land and Management - Pueblo of...
    This month our Profiles in Land and Management Series explores regenerative...
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  • Article
    06/28/2019
    Soil Journeys - a Soil Trials Update
    Soil health journeys are like onions, they have a lot of...
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  • News
    06/28/2019
    Where Are They Now - Anna Brown
    A question and answer session with our former intern, Anna Brown
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  • Resource
    06/28/2019
    What We’re Reading: “Regenerative Ranching: Maximum Sustainable Profit...
    There are a lot of resources out there for those interested...
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  • Article
    06/21/2019
    Profiles in Land and Management - Flying Diamond...
    This month we are excited to re-share our profile of Flying...
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  • Article
    05/29/2019
    Profiles in Land and Management - Grupo La...
    This month we are sharing our profile of the Grupo La...
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  • News
    05/29/2019
    Kat Taylor co-hosted a Healthy School Food Policy...
    With school food at the forefront of our healthcare issues, limited...
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  • Article
    05/24/2019
    A Day in the Field with Nicole Masters...
    Nicole Masters has been a visitor to our ranch this year....
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  • News
    04/24/2019
    Where are they now - Evan Watson
    A question and answer session with our former intern, Evan Watson.
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  • News
    04/24/2019
    What We're Reading - Women Ranchers in the...
    In January, the New York Times published a beautiful photo essay...
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  • Article
    04/24/2019
    Native Perennial Grasses Continue Expanding Across TomKat Ranch
    As part of our regenerative management program, Point Blue Conservation Science...
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  • Article
    04/24/2019
    Profiles in Land and Management - Lonetree Ranch
    Over the last year, TomKat Ranch has traveled around the American...
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  • News
    03/15/2019
    EcoFarm 2019 - Recap
    Kathy Webster has been attending the EcoFarm conference for more than...
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  • News
    03/14/2019
    Equine-Assisted Learning Gathers for Action
    In January, during one of our biggest storms of the season,...
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  • Resource
    02/13/2019
    What We’re Reading - January 2019
    Draft of California 2030 Natural and Working Lands Climate Change Implementation...
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  • News
    02/13/2019
    Where are they now - Kyle Meyer
    A question and answer session with our former intern, Kyle Meyer.
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  • Resource
    02/13/2019
    What We’re Reading
    Natural climate solutions for the United States - Joe Fargione
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  • News
    02/13/2019
    Where are they now - Walker Kehrer
    A question and answer session with our former intern, Walker Kehrer.
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  • News
    02/13/2019
    Soil Up Learning Lab at Paicines Ranch
    Recently, two of our staff joined 35 healthcare providers, soil scientists,...
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  • News
    02/13/2019
    Where Are They Now - Jake Tommerdahl
    A question and answer session with our former intern, Jake Tommerdahl.
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  • Resource
    02/13/2019
    What We're Reading - The Soil Will Save...
    Kristin’s Ohlson’s The Soil Will Save Us offers hope in the face of...
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  • Article
    02/12/2019
    Carbon Farming Workshop for RCDs
    This month TomKat Ranch had the pleasure of hosting 18 of...
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  • Resource
    08/06/2018
    Accessing the Total Impact of TomKat Ranch -...
    This document explains the methodology applied to assess the total impact...
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  • Resource
    08/05/2018
    Growing Abundant Rangelands
    A TomKat Ranch-produced guide to growing abundant rangelands and the benefits they...
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  • Resource
    08/05/2018
    California Rangeland Plant Guide
    This plant guide is a result of requests from many NRCS...
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  • Article
    08/04/2018
    David Hart Stockdog Training
    By Brandon Moody As an intern at TomKat Ranch, I get to...
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  • Study
    06/26/2018
    Case Study - Flying Diamond Ranch
    The Johnson Family began practicing adaptive planned grazing on their ranch...
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  • News
    06/16/2018
    Where Are They Now - Rachel Sullivan
    A question and answer session with TomKat Ranch former intern, Rachel...
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  • Study
    06/05/2018
    Fungal Inoculant Project - Update
    I am sure you have been holding your breath waiting to...
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  • Article
    03/08/2018
    Coyote Brush Control: Goats
    Over the years, we have tried many different ways of controlling...
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  • Study
    02/22/2018
    Fungal Inoculant Project
    Growing up on a ranch in Paradise Valley, MT, I never...
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  • Article
    01/18/2018
    Grazing Plan for 2018
    Each year, the Land and Livestock Team sits down with colleagues...
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  • Article
    01/11/2018
    Regenerative Talks: Photosynthesis and Organic Matter
    Through photosynthesis, it can be said that the whole world runs...
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Photo Credit: William Milliot